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*RECORDING* October 2023 Webinars - Non-Members

*RECORDING* October 2023 Webinars - Non-Members


Join us for our October webinar!

Thursday, October 12th, 2023 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET

Power of Police Associations – Real or Perceived Threats to Police Leadership & Governance – with Mark Baxter, President of the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) and Tom Stamatakis, President of the Canadian Police Association (CPA)

Unlock the intricacies surrounding the “Power of Police Associations” in our upcoming webinar. Policing is a dynamic field, and understanding the influence of police associations is crucial in today’s society. Join us as we delve deep into the real and perceived threats that police associations pose to police leadership and governance.

In an era where law enforcement practices and standards are under constant scrutiny, it is essential to comprehend the role of police associations in shaping the direction of policing agencies. Explore the historical context, legal framework, and social dynamics that empower these associations and their potential impact on decision-making within police departments.

Our expert panel will dissect the complexities, discussing how police associations negotiate contracts, advocate for their members, and sometimes clash with departmental leadership. Discover the delicate balance that must be struck between protecting the rights and interests of officers and maintaining effective law enforcement.

This webinar promises to provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by police associations in modern policing. Whether you are a law enforcement professional, policymaker, or concerned citizen, this discussion will offer valuable insights into a critical aspect of our criminal justice system. Join us to be part of this important conversation and gain a deeper understanding of the Power of Police Associations.



Tom Stamatakis

Mr. Stamatakis has sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Police Association (CPA) since 2003 and he has served as its President since May 2011. Tom was the former President of the Vancouver Police Union (VPU) from 1998-2019, as well as the immediate past President and founding member of the British Columbia Police Association (BCPA) from 2008-2019.

In 2018, he was acclaimed for a second term as President of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA). Mr. Stamatakis has been a constable with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for approximately 30 years, where he enjoyed a variety of assignments prior to his secondment to the VPU. He also sits on the boards of Covington Capital, Odd Squad Productions Society, as well as several Federal/Provincial advisory boards and committees.

Tom has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of areas including strategic crisis communications and advocacy, disciplinary matters, collective bargaining, negotiations, conflict resolution and governance. In 2017, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in Canada.



Mark Baxter, President, Police Association of Ontario:

Mark was elected President of the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) in 2021. He is an accomplished leader recognized for advocating and advancing the rights, interests, and well-being of Ontario’s police personnel.

He was elected to the PAO Board of Directors as a Uniform Director in 2014, serving for seven years, five of which as Board Chair. Mark sat on the Thunder Bay Expert Panel, currently sits on the Ontario Police Arbitration Commission, and is the Co-Chair of the Section 21 Advisory Committee.

Mark is passionate about member wellness and mental health and is proud to serve on the Canada Beyond the Blue Awards Committee. Mark credits his local police association in Brantford, Ontario, for contributing to his work ethic and passion for labour relations. He served as Vice President of the Brantford Police Association from 2012 to 2015 and President from 2015 to 2021.

His policing career started in 2005 as a police officer with the Brantford Police Service, serving in various capacities, including frontline patrol, high school resource officer, and collision reconstructionist. At the time of his election to the PAO, he held the position of frontline patrol sergeant.

Mark is a proud father of two young boys. During his free time, he coaches U11 rep baseball and has been a basketball referee for over 25 years, officiating local, OCAA and USport games at a provincial and national level.

*The CAPG endeavors to ensure all of the webinar titles and dates are as listed but some might be subject to change due to extenuating factors and we will notify you when this happens.*

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